Certificate for Module (Climate Competence) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: General & Environmental Sciences courses
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Certificate for Module (Climate Competence)
證書(單元 : 氣候應對力)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

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22 Apr 2020 (Wed)
12 weeks
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Deadline on 05 Apr 2020 (Sun)

The Climate Competence programme familiarizes participants with physical implications of climate change and links them to the policy and technical debates on climate action. Sessions will examine top-level climate action related to the Paris Climate Agreement, and explore the resulting responsibilities that climate action brings for governments, companies and individuals.

The programme will set out options related to energy generation, more efficient use of energy, along with the ways in which adaptation measures can create a safe, healthy and resilient city. Participants in this programme will emerge with the tools to engage at policy level and in practical terms with the risks and opportunities that stem from climate change.

Syllabus :

1. An overview of the climate crisis (the science of climeate change)
  • Climate Change overview: the dangers we face
  • The effect of business as usual
  • Climate Change and Hong Kong: Risks and opportunities
  • IPCC reports and projections
  • The impact of 1.5°, 2° and 3.2°
2. The economics of climate change. Risk and opportunities
  • The growth opportunity of the 21st century;
  • Drivers of change
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Smart businesses
  • Who goes first: the existential tragedy of the commons? 
3. The politics of climate change.
  • The UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement
  • Agenda 2030
  • The economic and social impact of climate action
  • Popular action: Fossil fuel divestment; Extinction Rebellion, School strikes
4. Climate Change and social development - synergies and trade-offs:
  • Common but differentiated responsibilities and fair shares
  • Climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • A Just Transition
  • Doughnut Economics
5. Climate response I. The role of governments and the  UN
  • Obligations under the Paris Agreement
  • Cities and regions: Roles and responsibilities for climate change
  • Effective policy options on climate
6. Climate response II. The role of business and finance
  • The leaders – doing well and doing good
  • Risks and stranded and damaged assets
  • Business and climate organizations and their agendas
  • Reporting systems and standards
  • Green finance     
  • The importance of governance within business
7. Climate response III. The individual and the community - wellbeing and lifestyle 
  • Ten things an individual can do for the climate
  • Climate denial and climate distraction
  • Levers for individual change: education, regulation and price signals
  • Personal self-reflection on the path to ‘making a difference’
  • Climate depression and climate therapy
8. Climate mitigation I: Energy generation
  • Energy production – generating electricity
  • Fossils, renewables and nuclear power
  • Renewable options and debates
9. Climate mitigation II: Efficiencies and technologies
  • Energy consumption – better lives with less energy and waste
  • Buildings, transport, waste, water, manufacturing, agriculture
  • Technologies: carbon capture, geoengineering
  • Aviation and shipping
10. Climate Adaptation – building a safe and healthy future in the face of climate change
  • Adaptation and resilience basics
  • What are the risks in Hong Kong
  • Loss and damage and liability
  • Climate change and public health
  • Climate insurance
11. Sustainable cities
  • The sustainability challenge for cities
  • City-level initiatives and case studies
  • Town planning: housing and transport; production and consumption-based carbon footprints
  • Climate change and public health
12. Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong’s performance on climate change and the Paris Agreement
  • The city’s targets and the city’s responsibilities
  • Going forward: Opportunities and risks going forward
  • Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road
13. Sustainability reporting: measures and standards
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting principles
  • Monitoring and verification.
  • Reporting and measurement standards: GRI, SASBI, CDP, Science Based Targets etc.
On completion of the programme, students will be able to
  1. Evaluate the impact of the climate crisis on society, health and the economy;
  2. Identify the key international agreements driving sustainability issues;
  3. Evaulate the actions taken by business and financial sectors on climate change;
  4. Present the options on energy generation and energy efficiency;
  5. Apply policy and technical options for climate action on buildings, transport, waste and production;
  6. present the measurements and standards governing climate action.


Students are required to do a group project and an examination.


To be eligible for the award of the Certificate for Module (Climate Competence), students are required to achieve 70% attendance of the programme and pass all the assessment.


Ir Albert Lai

Ir Albert Lai is the Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Care Asia. He was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) the sustainability reporting standard-setting organization, representing the Asia-Pacific Region in the development of G3 sustainability reporting guidelines.  He has led numerous local initiatives in the field of CSR and sustainability, including the leadership of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007), Copenhagen (2009) and most recently, Paris (2015).  Albert Lai was founding Chairman of the Professional Commons and Director of The Conservancy Association and was a former member of the Commission on Strategic Development set up by the Hong Kong Government.

John Sayer

Mr John Sayer has a background in sustainability issues and human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. As Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong he helped shape and implement the first Oxfam International advocacy campaign on climate change (2008-2009). He has served on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative in the UK, helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chain policies with a focus on labour issues. He has also served on the advisory body of the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. In addition to being Research Director of Carbon Care InnoLab, he is a member of the Board of Carbon Care Asia Ltd. He is currently a Stakeholder Council Member of the Global Reporting Initiative. He holds a Master of Letters in Development Studies (University of New England.)

Ringo Mak

Mr Ringo Mak is Co-Founder and Director of APAC SEP Ltd. He is also the Co-Founder of 350HK, the local chapter of global climate movement 350.org.

Ringo is currently the Chairman of TOYPA TRUST; Executive Committee Member of Design Council of Hong Kong; Executive Committee member of Golden Age Foundation; and an Advisory Member of Hong Kong Design Institute. He was awarded an Outstanding Young Person award in 1984, and became Chair of the Outstanding Young Persons Association in 2009.  

Chong Chan Yau

Mr. Chong Chan Yau, MBE, is the Co-Founder and CEO of CarbonCare InnoLab. He has previously served as an Executive Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and a as a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam International.  He joined the University of Hong Kong as the Director of Student Development for its Centre for Development and Resources for Students. He has also been a member of the Education and Publicity Subcommittee for the Council for Sustainable Development.

Chloe Mok

Ms Chloe Mok is Director of Sustainability Strategy at CCA. She specializes in business advisory on sustainability strategies, sustainability reporting and carbon innovations across many sectors including property, manufacturing, garments and logistics. Prior to joining CCA, Ms Mok worked in corporate social responsibility programmes in both business and social sectors in Hong Kong and the mainland, serving in the multinational company Amway, the environmental NGO Friends of the Earth (HK) working on environmental protection and with the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) on stakeholder engagement. Ms Mok is a GRI certified sustainability professional.

Xing Lan

Ms Xing Lan is the Associate Director (Sustainable Finance) in Carbon Care Asia Ltd (CCA). With more than 8 years of working experience in both the private and public sectors as a  sustainability practitioner, she conducts quantitative analysis and quantitative simulation for sustainable solutions as well as financial analysis of green technologies. She has provided various carbon management, ESG reporting, and other sustainability consultancy services to leading conglomerates, property developers, garment, logistics and industrial manufacturers in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore.

Ms Lan holds a master’s degree in Environmental Measurement and Assessment from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and dual-bachelor degrees of Environmental Engineering & Finance from the Sichuan University in China.

Shelley Zhou

Ms Shelley Zhou currently heads the Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation operated by The University of Edinburgh. A dedicated sustainability professional, Shelley established the sustainability function for the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) in 2009 and was in charge of its corporate sustainability performance and reporting for seven years. Prior to HKJC, Ms Zhou accumulated over 10 years of experience in environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. She has provided advisory services in corporate sustainability, ESG reporting and carbon strategies to a variety of listed companies across multiple industries.

Dr Lindsay Mai

Dr Lindsay Mai is a sustainability practitioner and a public policy analyst with over nine years of experiences in conducting multiple research projects on decarbonisation pathways and governance of climate mitigation responses in cities in China and Europe. As the Senior Sustainability Consultant at Carbon Care Asia, Lindsay has been providing consultancy advisory to enhance the sustainability performance of over 30 companies listed in Hong Kong and Singapore. She has also designed and delivered teaching and learning modules for undergraduate and postgraduate students on environment and climate change in multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Policy Studies and Administration with First Class Honours and a PhD in Public Policy specialised in environmental governance from City University of Hong Kong. She has published a range of journal articles on the governance of sustainability and climate change.


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Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$7,500
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
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Certificate for Module (Climate Competence)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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